Does Tight Fascia Cause Poor Blood Circulation? Heart Attacks, Arterial and Venous Flow

In this video, I present to you a theory of mine, based on personal experience with my own body and after working with thousands of clients since 2008. 

Does fascial restriction cause poor blood circulation? 

I certainly think it can. 

While there are many possible causes of cold hands and feet, poor blood circulation is one of them. And, there are many possible causes of poor blood circulation. So my new theory is in no way meant to replace the other causes. Rather, this feels like an important distinction to make, and understanding how blood is able to flow in the body vs when it can become blocked…well, that feels really important to know if you own a body right? 

Blood circulation is critical for life. Blood circulation is also critical for wound repair, general oxygenation, and every major function of the body. 

Connective tissue, or fascia, wraps every blood vessel.

If fascia can become dehydrated around muscle tissue, don’t you think it’s possible it could restrict those blood vessels as well? 

My recent experience had to do with venous flow from my left arm back to my heart. A feeling of intense left arm heaviness occurred after a full body Kinetix (fascia release) session that didn’t get into an important area of my left arm for blood circulation. Accompanying the heaviness was tenderness /soreness in the superficial fascia, indicating clogged or toxic lymph. Since I released my arm the day before, my theory was the toxic waste wasn’t able to leave my arm due to upstream restriction (venous flow dam).

When I released the fascia around my armpit, on the posterior as well as anterior lateral sides, the blood flowed out of my arm and the heaviness left for good. 

Watch the video for my full theory and what you can do about it if this interests you and you want to test the theory on yourself. And of course, please add your thoughts below and let me know if you think this is a viable theory!

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  • April Wathen says:

    I love this, it has crossed my mind many times as I’m learning and studying fascia and its abundance in our bodies. It seems obvious to me that releasing fascia will increase blood flow. That may be one of the reasons after a session there is a feeling of buoyancy and lightness.

  • kritika says:

    I am also working on the premise that fascia has lot more functions than what is available in western science.

    Fascial restriction could cause:
    i) water retention- due to increased intravascular pressure; people with this could bruise easily. This is different from edema which is seen to be pitting on the legs but a generalised increase in girth
    ii) muscle pains due to increased pressure on the compartment from outside (fascial compartment) and further leading to muscle dysfunction

    How can we prove this?

    • Hi Kritika – I am no scientist, so I can’t speak to “proving” theories. My preference is to use my own body first, and then any client or student of mine that is willing to share their stories. Anecdotal evidence is what I find most useful, because there may be 100 people who have a very similar experience. That would be worth looking into, and may create a strong theory. Why are you trying to prove those two points? For what it’s worth – I don’t necessarily agree with your theories. Why? The superficial fascia doesn’t behave the same as the deep fascia, or we’d be in deep trouble. The superficial fascia is where the lymph system and blood vessels live. While this could impact muscle performance for sure, there are so many factors to consider. Such as: an individual’s proprioceptive and interoception abilities, how toxic they are or how toxic their environment is, past traumas, current stress levels etc. I prefer to look at the human being like an intricately petaled flower – there are layers and layers of overlapping possible causes and effects, and whether or not one gets triggered is extremely individual. I’m not a fan of generalizations when it comes to humans, because that’s not how nature works. But looking into the whole is ever fascinating, never boring and always has something to teach me. Best of luck!

  • Gena says:

    Very interesting and it makes perfect sense. I was wondering though, if you took your blood pressure on the affected side before and after fascial release.

    • Hey Gena – unfortunately I didn’t have a blood pressure kit at home, otherwise that would have been a GREAT experiment! By the time I got to the doctor’s office 2 days alter, my blood pressure was “perfect” according to the nurse.

  • Your video brought to mind a medical program series I watched on YouTube concerning the body by Dr. Gil Hedley. He is extremely respectful as he teaches about how the human body is comprised through dissection and what came to mind is how I learned from his videos that the musculature is actually designed. Our muscles are actually one piece that twists at each joint from fingertip to toe across our entire body on each side.
    Though the muscles move differently, they are tied together without any true separation. As an artist, it was fascinating watching his videos and there was a total lack of the overwhelming formaldehyde smell which is usually what makes people sick.
    Anyway, relating this in terms of fascia makes the lesson you learned of how the shoulder could impede or slow blood flow to the arm, totally right on!
    It also serves as a warning to work the entire flow line at the same time, if possible, rather than simply doing small parts of the body and forgetting how interconnected the muscular system is across our entire body.
    Although I have a primary interest because in high school I wanted to become a doctor, the anatomy of the human body has always fascinated me, and geared with the knowledge my sister has taught me of multiple modalities (several types of Massage, Reiki and ThetaHealing) over the years, I absolutely love watching your videos for the correlations to things I have learned, plus the new concepts that you teach!
    You are certainly an amazing practitioner and have great instincts of how to heal the body!
    I look forward to each video you present and review your past videos for my own self-healing. Western medicine is so busy that I believe they overlook many things and we need to keep records because we are our own best spokesman of our body, for no matter how long anyone educates themselves in a school, we are all individuals this no two people are the same.
    I have spoken with surgeons and a part of their fascination with the body is that they never truly know where organs and other parts of the body will be located, for while most follow a pattern of study, sometimes an organ is located in a completely different area than the textbook may show.
    Keep up the good work…you have no idea how many you are influencing each day!

    • Michael, I’ve heard of Gil Hedley of course, he’s “famous” in the fascia world. I haven’t actually watched or attended any of his classes though. Since the very beginning of my own deep dive into the world of fascia, I’ve preferred to learn from living human beings (my clients). My office was my lab, and my clients were the teachers. Not that I disapprove of or don’t appreciate what people like Gil Hedley and Thomas Myers offer the world, it’s just not been thing. I LOVE the spiral muscle theory, I have heard of that. It makes sense, and obviously also that everything is connected and trying to separate ourselves into parts is myopic and potentially dangerous. Thanks as always for watching/reading and sharing your thoughts!

  • Thank you as always! You’re far ahead of your time, and also just in time! 🙂 If it’s ok, I’d like to cite this video in the blog post I’m working on that centers on whether chronic tension can actually cause severe osteoarthritis, and whether the landslide of hip replacements we’ve been seeing in the last decade (more and more in young people!) could at least be partially due to the intense emotional and spiritual stress/trauma most Americans have been under in the last 20 years as society’s old paradigms fight to survive. Plus bad food, pollution, EMF, climate crisis, etc., etc. The surgeons’ only answer is to amputate the femur head and replace the joint with plastic and metal, but if chronic tension, poor posture from excessive sitting, and unconscious muscular torquing of the femur and surrounding tissues are causative agents (as, I believe, they are in my my case), the surgery is largely ineffective, deeply invasive, expensive, and dangerous. It’s major surgery, despite the surgical commercials that look like you’re going to a spa and leaving the same day.

    I believe more dysfunction will inevitably occur because the root causes remain unaddressed. I’d love to know your thoughts about my theory if you have a chance. I’m convinced that hip replacement surgery–as it is now–will eventually join the club of humanity’s other barbaric medical practices that seemed like a good idea at the time. I’ve heard both sides of the story from a number of people as I considered my own surgeon’s recommendation, from “Wish I hadn’t waited so long!” to “Oh my God, why did I let them do this? But they said I had no choice!” In a nutshell, and I think you may agree, relearning deep relaxation physically and emotionally is the solution to so many of these modern epidemics! Thanks for all you do, and for considering my idea.

    • You may certainly cite this post and/or link to it. I love what you’re researching! Thank you. I’m sorry your own pain had to be the catalyst, and…it seems to be the way of our modern world. I’ve worked with quite a few people who got hip replacement surgery and were still in as much pain or more after. Please know that I believe, even after a surgery such as this, your body wants to be healthy and vibrant and will use every opportunity to do so! My clients post op have achieved their freedom and are no more limited than any of my other clients in terms of maintenance and ability.

      • I appreciate your response and encouragement on my research, Elisha! It’s interesting to note, however, that people have to find their way to you for real healing after their hip replacements. I’d like to short-circuit that whole nasty business and keeping following your posts and my own instincts! 🙂 Many thanks for your terrific work and your willingness to be honest and vulnerable.

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